My ovaries shook in place. My eyes had troubles focusing the words of that piece of sh...text. My brain refused to process the information. My heart kept beating in naive disbelief. Of course there weren’t people like that in 2020. Coronavirus was bad enough already. Guess what, 2020 is exactly the year when everything is … Continue reading Enough is enough, but portuguese ENOUGH (“CHEGA”) is too much!
(To my aunt C.) My phone rings the week before my last faculty exam. “I managed to take some days off, I am coming to Prague with you!!!!” - her voice sounds excited on the other side of the line. Like a kid who had just been told they are going to Disneyland. Although I … Continue reading IN CASE OF FIRE: use the aunt with the anti-ageing facial mask on
Bushfires are Portugal’s biggest seasonal concern, as each passing year a bit more of our country’s green lungs is reduced to ashes by the end of Summer. This year was no exception: dark smoke took up the blue sky over particular regions spread throughout the country. On my way to Vidago, as I was passing … Continue reading Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review
(To my father) It has been a lifetime of Toni Braxton echoing her spanish guitar, George Michael carelessly whispering throughout the night, Gloria Gaynor fiercely stating she would survive, Amy Winehouse losing the love game and Barry White cheering our family road trips. It has been a lifetime of afternoons by the river, contemplating sunset … Continue reading It has been a lifetime
Imitation as an important learning process Learning is one of the most fascinating abilities of the human brain. Psychology brought to light some of the processes by which humans, as they grow up, acquire new knowledge, behaviours and values. Some learning is immediate, some takes time, some is forgotten fast, some is reinforced by some … Continue reading “Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror
This year has been unique. A pandemic virus took over the world like we had never seen before in our lifetime. Borders were closed, streets became empty overnight, schools were shut down, offices were not able to retain even the most workaholic employee at his desk. All of a sudden, and thanks to technology, work … Continue reading Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review
My fruit basket has been there my whole life. Some fruits came with it, some I could pick, some I ate until vitamin levels bursted in my blood, some I took a bite and spat it out, some got rotten and some disappeared forever without a trace. My fruit basket was never empty. Nonetheless, it … Continue reading My fruit basket
Historically, the colonisation and enslavement carried out by European countries propagated the wrong belief that people with dark skin were uncivilized, inferior, and should be subordinated to lighter-skinned invaders. Unfortunately, racial stereotypes about worth, intelligence and beauty are still around in the present days. It is crucial to update mentalities and change behaviours. Skin colour … Continue reading Blackout Tuesday
Can we all hold hands with our lover in public? Think it straight. Can we all be considered a “valid” family? Think it straight. Can we all show freely our mannerisms without being labelled? Think it straight. Can we all wear any colour of the rainbow? Think it straight. Do we all feel safe in … Continue reading Sometimes the answer is not straightforward – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Home is definitely not the place I’d rather be right now. Something about these walls around me is starting to seriously annoy me. Is it the colour, the height, the same pictures hanging lifelessly through eternity? I can’t really tell. After two months under house arrest, life before this pandemic sounds utopian. Restaurants? Dinner parties? … Continue reading Let the dogs out, please.